Friday, August 11, 2017

Briefly. 

There is a stairway to heaven and a highway to hell. You figure it out.

I have said before that Aaron Judge is a beast, and he is. However, last season when the Yankees were questioning whether a player the size of Aaron Judge could ever make enough contact to succeed in the majors, his numbers were 84 at-bats; 15 hits; .179 batting average; 4 HRs; 44 strikeouts. Since the All-Star break this season his numbers are 84 at-bats; 14 hits; .167 batting average; 5 HRs; 38 strikeouts. Now that is scary!

Trivia #1: Garlic is a what? Fruit; Herb; Vegetable; Spice; Meat Product

Trivia #2: Seven players have over 2,000 hits for the Red Sox alone. Name them. 

Did you see Wade Boggs on NESN during the Tampa series? He looks like a cross between Jeremiah Johnson and Charlton Heston (Moses in The Ten Commandments).  He did a pretty good job, I thought. 

A California estate featured in the credits of “The Beverly Hillbillies” now has another notable distinction, the most expensive residential listing in the country. The Bel-Air estate hit the market Monday with an asking price of $350 million. Amongst its other features, the 25,000 square foot home, which sits on 10.3 acres, has a ballroom, world-class wine cellar, formal salon, manicured gardens, a tennis court, covered parking for 40 cars, a 75-foot pool and a fully equipped pool house. It also has sweeping panoramic views of downtown LA and the Pacific Ocean. 

Players Weekend in MLB is Aug 25-27. All teams will don overly bright-colored uniforms and hats with nicknames, yes nicknames, on the back. Even the Yankees who have no names on their current uniforms, will sport the nickname shirts. Now while expect some of the nicknames will be funny and entertaining, no thanks. The uniforms and hats are wicked ugly too.  

Rick Porcello threw what is called an “immaculate Inning” the other night. 9 pitches, 3 strikeouts. I think if you asked any pitcher what an “immaculate inning” is they would say 3 pitches, 3 pop-ups. 

The Celtics play what, 82 regular season games? They have 4 exhibition games. The Patriots play 16 regular season games and 4 exhibition. Stupid, but not as bad as baseball’s ridiculously long spring training. I’m not quite sure what the puckheads do… 

Trivia answer #1: Garlic is a vegetable

Trivia answer #2: Yaz, Teddy Ballgame, Jim Rice, Dewey, Boggs, Ortiz and Bobby Doerr. (Pedrioa should be there next season if he stays healthy) 

R.I.P. Former major leaguer (and Red Sox) Don Baylor who at 68 lost his battle with Myeloma. Some of you may recall Baylor presided over the Sox’ “Kangaroo Court” in 1986, assessing fines for whatever he deemed a transgression. For example, in Roger Clemens 20-strkeout game against the Seattle Mariners, he fined Clemens $5 for letting up a single on an 0-2 pitch to Spike Owen. 

And finally, R.I.P. Frank(ie) Conte (90). Just flat out, one of the greatest! The guy could still throw a punch too! 

“And it stoned me to my soul

Stoned me just like jelly roll

And it stoned me

And it stoned me to my soul

Stoned me just like goin’ home

And it stoned me”

 

Good night everybody!

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